Definition of athetize
: to reject or mark (a passage) as spurious the athetized lines of the Iliad
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Origin and Etymology of athetize
Greek athetein (from athetos set aside, not fixed, from a- 2a- + thetos placed, from tithenai to place) + English -ize
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